Life is good when you're off the grid. Ditching your devices gives your brain a much-needed rest.
We've rounded up a list of activities you can do without your devices. The best part? They all benefit your well-being.
It's good for your mood and your mind. Research shows walking in nature may ease depressive symptoms. Giving your brain a break and spending time outdoors might help you retain information better.
Go through old photos -- no, not the ones in your camera roll -- and let yourself reminisce about years past. Research suggests nostalgia boosts feelings of optimism.
It's not only good for the community, it's good for your health as well. Volunteering has been linked to a longer life and reduced stress. Research also shows that acts of kindness boost your happiness levels.
OK, this may be a little ambitious, but when else are you going to start? Bonus points if you try this activity in the evening: Research shows you better retain information when you learn it at night.
Lose yourself in a narrative that takes you away from your current reality. There are plenty of perks to reading: Studies show it can relax you and keep your brain sharp.
Try a few sun salutations or just a few simple stretches. Either way, you're helping your health. Research shows the practice has some serious mind-body benefits.
You never know what kind of connection you could make when you're not staring at your screen. Cultivating a sense of curiosity about the world and the people around you may benefit your emotional health.
What better time to try a challenging recipe than when you actually, you know, have time? Not only that, you'll be consuming fewer calories and eating healthier. Try one of these mouthwatering recipes.
Sit in silence. The activity can leave you feeling less stressed, positively change your brain and make you more compassionate if practiced regularly. Today may be the day you finally start a meditation routine -- and stick to it.
Scribble down what you're grateful for (it boosts your outlook!) or just jot down how you're feeling. It's also a cathartic outlet: Research shows that writing down negative thoughts and physically throwing them away can help clear your mind.
Or if that's not your thing, a new workout. Getting active is one of the best things you could do for yourself mentally and physically. Go to Zumba, run a new route or try exercising with a partner.
Log some real face time with your BFFs at lunch or take your parents out to dinner, distraction free. Research shows shared meals can increase connection and have a host of other health benefits.
No devices means no chance for interrupted rest. Research shows that phones can mess with your sleep. The act can improve every aspect of your life, so you may as well log a few extra Zs while you're off the grid.
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